After almost 20 years without being on a camping trip, a real honest to goodness tent adventure. I've decided to start gathering the supplies to head back out into the wild, or as wild as Southern California can get. I think getting back into fishing (particularly surf fishing, which is new to me and quite fun) has helped me start to appreciate the outdoor life again. I'll post and discuss a few interesting items over the next few weeks as they arrive in preparation for my first adventure. I intend to do and overnight, maybe two night hike to kick things off, hopefully starting on a weekday when the National Forest's trails aren't stuffed to capacity. This first piece of gear probably won't be brought along on an overnight hike, but a vehicle camping trip when I'm not relying on freeze dried meals for sake of space and weight in my pack. I'm a long time fan of Snow Peak camping gear, and have had their Titanium Solo combo mini pot, and nesting cup, as well as their tiny stove that hides perfectly inside the pot with a single can of fuel, and of course the titanium spork, for at least 13 years. I would bring this with me on fishing day trips in the canyons and mountains around Vancouver to boil some water for coffee and freeze dried meals. I always admired the clever ingenuity of Snow Peak, and when I saw this thing recently, I knew I had to have it. This is the smaller of the two cutting board/knife combo's, and retails for $40. I just oiled the wood to help prevent it from drying out and cracking/warping. Snow Peak is generally more expensive than similar stuff from other outfits, but for the most part it is still made in Japan and is of top notch quality. Stay tuned, more interesting gear and the reason's behind the purchase coming up.